Psychology majors may choose one of two degree options - a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Both options are designed to provide students with breadth of coursework and experience across the diverse areas of psychology: human development across the life span; social, personality, and abnormal psychology; experimental study of processes of learning, cognition, sensation, and perception; and biologically based psychology. Skills of research design, data collection, data analysis, and professional writing and speaking are developed throughout the major coursework. Upper level courses provide additional opportunities for students to pursue areas of particular interest in greater depth. Students choosing the B.A. option are encouraged to pursue advanced research and internship experiences either in conjunction with upper level classes or as independent study. Students choosing the B.S. option are required to conduct an original, independent research project through the Natural Sciences Seminar series. Students work with their advisors to select those options within the major, as well as in service and work opportunities, that will best prepare them for their postgraduate goals.
Psychology can be combined with other majors and minors (e.g., Art, Humanities, Business and Economics, Outdoor Leadership, Philosophy, Social Work, Spanish, or Writing) to address specific combinations of interests and applications. The Psychology major prepares students for graduate study in psychology and related fields, or for immediate employment in a wide range of human services settings. When combined with other appropriate coursework and experiences, psychology can also provide excellent preparation for law school or medical school.
Requirements: The B.A. in Psychology consists of at least 54 credits: 42 in psychology (at least 24 at the 300-400 level), 4 in mathematics, and 8 in related social sciences with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. The psychology credits are distributed as follows to offer breadth and depth in the field:
Requirements: The B.S. option in Psychology consists of at least 571/2 credits: 34 in Psychology (at least 24 of which must be at the 300-400 level), 4 in Mathematics, 31/2 in Science, and 16 in related natural sciences and mathematics with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. The credits are distributed as follows:
MAT 141 Statistics
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Science
PSY 310 Biopsychology
PSY 459 Professional Issues in Psychology
PSY 489, 496, or 498 Independent Research, Advanced Research Methods, or Research in Psychology
SCI 390 Research Design
SCI 491, 492 Natural Sciences Seminar Attendance
SCI 493 Natural Sciences Research Communication
Breadth Requirements within Psychology: In addition, students will select at least 8 credits distributed across the following categories:
At least 4 credits from the following courses in social, personality, abnormal and health psychology:
At least 4 credits from the following courses in experimental psychology:
Additional breadth and depth in elective psychology courses: At least 6 additional credits of elective coursework in psychology, at least 4 of which must be at the 300-400 level. These may include any of the preceding psychology courses, internships, independent study, regularly offered elective courses, and most Special Topics courses.
At least 2 additional credits of PSY 400-458 or selected PSY 490-498 courses. These courses are designed to be seminar-based classes that emphasize critical discussion of primary sources.
Breadth courses in related natural sciences and mathematics: At least 16 additional credits of related coursework, selected from Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Mathematics (MAT), and Physics (PHY). These courses should be distributed so that at least 8 credits are earned from two of the following four areas. At least 1 of these breadth courses must be a lab course. Advanced Placement credits may count toward the major as outlined below for each discipline.
BIO 116 General Biology
BIO 208 Cell Biology
BIO 322 Genetics
BIO 345 Developmental Biology
BIO 347 Microbiology
BIO 348 Animal Behavior
BIO 351 Mammalian Physiology
BIO 377 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 407 Biochemistry
BIO 435 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
And selected Special Topics courses in Biology
A score of 3.0 or higher on the Biology AP exam results in placement out of BIO 116. Those 4 credits may count toward the major.
CHM 116 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 General Chemistry II
CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry
Placement out of CHM 116/CHM117 either through the AP exam or the Chemistry Department's placement test would result in 5 credits that may count toward the major.
MAT 201 Computer Science I
MAT 202 Computer Science II
MAT 241 Calculus I
MAT 242 Calculus II
A score of 3.0 or higher on the Calculus AB AP exam results in placement out of MAT 241 and 4 credits that may count toward the major. A score of 3.0 or higher on the Calculus BC AP exam results in placement out of MAT 241 and MAT 242 and 8 credits that may count towards the major.
PHY 251 Physics I
PHY 252 Physics II
A score of 4.0 or higher on the Physics B AP exam or a score of 3.0 or higher on the Physics C AP exam results in placement out of PHY 251 and 4 credits that may count toward the major.
Requirements: The following 24 credits of coursework, including at least 12 credits at the 300-400 level, with a minimum GPA of 2.0.